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ATL SIGNALS SLOW U.S. MARKETPLACE DUE TO UNCERTAINTY OVER U.S. HEALTH CARE REFORM

 BOTHELL, Wash., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ATL (Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.) (NASDAQ: ATLI) said today the growing uncertainty regarding the direction of U.S. health care reform is creating increasing delays in the purchase of medical capital equipment by hospitals and clinics in the domestic marketplace. Business in the United States accounts for slightly over half of the company's revenues. If these trends continue, second quarter revenues would be lower than previously estimated by the financial community, causing the quarter's financial results to be near breakeven levels or a slight loss.
 "We believe that the issues of cost and limited access raised in the national debate over health care reform make a compelling case for ultrasound as the primary imaging modality in a broadening range of diseases. Ultrasound is noninvasive and requires virtually no patient preparation. Additionally, its increasing capabilities are resulting in an expanding number of applications that frequently replace more expensive and invasive procedures," said Dennis C. Fill, ATL chairman and chief executive officer.
 "In the short term, however, ongoing delays in the introduction and enactment of U.S. health care legislation are causing postponement of purchase decisions until the current situation is resolved," Fill said. "Meanwhile, we continue to be pleased with our business in international markets and the rollout of Extended Signal Processing (ESP), a major advance of our Ultramark(R) 9 High Definition(TM) Imaging System."
 ATL, with headquarters in Bothell, is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacture, marketing and service of medical ultrasound systems.
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 /CONTACT: Anne Marie Bugge of ATL, 206-487-7081/
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